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Anthony gets an undeserving bad rap


September 27th, 2004 by jmaness

My original story was going to be about Carmelo Anthony’s trip to the Olympics, but with recent actions and his actions at the Olympics I changed the angle of this article. Anthony, after leading the Nuggets to the playoffs has had a rough off-season. His troubles actually started last year with a supposed conflict with point guard Andre Miller and then late last season he refused to reenter a game against Detroit. All of these actions have gotten the media started. “Is Anthony a good player with a bad attitude?” “Anthony doesn’t deserve Rookie of the Year with his bad attitude.” “Anthony is in trouble again.” Are these the actions of a player with a bad attitude? Or are these the action of a 20-year old, who is adjusting to real life and to the big leagues?

His problems at the Olympics started when he guaranteed the US team would win the Gold. That statement upset many members of the US team and gave opposing teams (Argentina, Lithuania…) fire power. It was an uncalled for statement, that upset many of teammates and backfired when the Dream Team won the Bronze. It was an immature statement that was made by a 20-year old star. Now name any other 20 year old who isn’t immature?

He began his experience in Athens on a high-note, he led the US team in scoring (17.1 points) during the exhibition games. Than when real play started he lost his playing time (19 minutes during the Olympics) and started to get frustrated. He pouted when he didn’t play and when he did play he started to jack up jumpers and didn’t dig in on defense. His frustration affected him as a teammate, when he didn’t play, he didn’t help the team at practice or didn’t support his teammates when they played. His actions led to him being in Coach Larry Brown’s doghouse and a spot on the end of the bench. His actions are the same as any 20 years old, who has been the number one player on every team his whole life and never had to be a role player. He did buy into the team concept later in the Olympics and started to cheer for his team. That experience should help him be a better player and teammate.

Last month Anthony had another growing pain. He was supposedly involved in a scuffle in a club when he was with his new girlfriend, La-La from MTV. Her ex-boyfriend Sugar Ray supposedly spit in La-La’s face and Anthony started a fight with Sugar Ray and his entourage. Supposedly chairs were thrown over and the club was trashed. The true story is unknown, but reports from the Club owner, Anthony and Sugar Ray, said the incident was over exaggerated. There was a minor disagreement and the club was fine and so was Anthony, his girlfriend and everybody else involved.

So now throughout the league Anthony has a rap of a bad character, and he also his bad attitude affects his team and teammates. I believe with all of the events last year and this summer will help him be a better player. He is turning 20 years old and is a year wiser in the league. Now think of when you were 20 and compare that to Anthony’s situation.

23 Responses to “Anthony gets an undeserving bad rap”

  1. Wavatar Faith Says:

    Carmello Anthony has got to relize that he cant always be the star and help cheer on his other team-mates. Dont get me wrong he is a very good player, but he is also very young.

  2. Wavatar Carlos Torres Says:

    I do not feel bad for Melo. He gets what he deserve. The Nuggets came to Ft Carson, Colorado and all Melo and Kenyon did was whine the whole time. Melo about too many people and that he needed a break and Martin about too many camera flashes and that his eyes were irritated. The nice once was Voshon, Miller, Camby, Elson, Nene, coach, Michael Cooper, Kiki and even the trainer. Voshon and Elson even took their caps off, autographed them and gave them to my 12 year old son Carlos. I was not impressed with the 2 so call superstars on that team and I know for a fact that Melo with his drug habit and Martin with his attitude are going to hurt the team in its quest for a championship. I dont see it happening…Bye and GO KNICKS BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  3. Wavatar Melo tha man Says:

    Carmelo Anthony is does not have a bad attitude. He is a young player and will learn how to deal with the press to give him a better image. He is a very good player and with K-Mart on the team they should win the championship this year!!!!

  4. Wavatar JOE Says:

    I do believe that Carmelo Anthony needs to mature before he is ever going to be a real star in the NBA. I think he should take a few weeks to look at tape of the great teams of the 70’s and watch the show time Lakers of the 80’s. In particular see how Magic made the players around him great. How he did not have to shoot the ball to do that. This team is one shooting guard (Ray Allen) away from being able to move the ball like those teams. Hope he grows up soon.

  5. Wavatar Dalorrein Burks Says:

    I luv u melo. Will u marry me?

  6. Wavatar Dalorrein Burks Says:

    I luv u 4 ur style, not 4 ur money, or the people u no.

  7. Wavatar jig Says:

    mello ain’t ****!

  8. Wavatar SHAQira Says:

    #1 hez mah husband!ya dun kno!
    #2 i dont think that he’s a bad person but he’s young and he’ll learn. Every one makes mistakes n every one is human so no one has no right to be like oh he’s this n he’s that. Peepz is rite bout 1 thing, mah man needs to take off da diapers but he’s styll growin so u can’t blame him. In da future y’all will c meh in da WNBA!!!!

  9. Wavatar liz Says:

    melo may have had a bad attitude at times, but can you blame him. he is young, he is overwhelmed with all of these new responsibilities. i am in no position to judge anyone, and i’m sure none of you are either. so back off, carmelo anthony is one of the best players in the league.

  10. Wavatar Monique Says:

    I CANT BELIEVE CARMELO IZ ENGAGED 2 DAT UGLY ASS B**** LALA–SHE LIVES IN NY N I LIVE IN DENVER–HE NEED A LOCAL CHICK….HOPE DEY BREAK UP B4 A DATE IZ SET–OR IT DONT LAST LONG………MELO I LUV U ALWAYZ

  11. Wavatar Ramea Says:

    Melo i love you more then any other gurl

  12. Wavatar Princess Janay Mitchell Says:

    I love you Carmelo and i think you are a very good player one of the best but your still young and need some time. The media needs to respect that. I love you so much and if you ever read this Im your biggest fan (not a groupie) and im not a hater so i wish you and lala the best of luck in your future but if it dont work out be sure to look me up Janay Mitchell from youngstown ohio

  13. Wavatar riley kerkhoff Says:

    I hope you did good in the game verses the Wizerds. I would love a sihned photo.Se Ya

  14. Wavatar riley kerkhoff Says:

    You are my favorite NBA player.I have your jersey it is not sihned

  15. Wavatar riley kerkhoff Says:

    Carmelo I Love TO WATCH your NBA games. I think you are the best
    2 Is labron james
    3 is kevin garnett
    4 is dwane wade
    5 is tracy mcgrady
    6 is allen iverson
    7 ben gorden
    8 is eddy curry
    9 is chauncy billups
    10 tim dukin

  16. Wavatar riley kerkhoff Says:

    some time I would love to meet you. My favorite team is the denver Nuggets.

  17. Wavatar riley kerkhoff Says:

    I think I will get your sihned poster for easter.

  18. Wavatar riley kerkhoff Says:

    When you played for syracuse I would watch all of your games. And I was wondering if you played with hakeem warrik????

  19. Wavatar Janay Mitchell Says:

    It’s me again Melo Janay From Youngstown i don’t know if read this stuff but im your biggest fan i love and i think your a great b ball player in the future i hope to meet you

  20. Wavatar kris Says:

    melo i think u r so fine and who cares what they think u r a good player keep up the good work "i love u"

  21. Wavatar Meloswifey1 Says:

    I don’t think Melo’s attitude is bad. I think he is a very skilled player, with alot of potential. He is just young and needs time to mature a little. Keep up the good work baby, you still have people that support you. Oh yeah, LaLa is ugly!!!

  22. Wavatar SHAQira Says:

    HEY HEY HEY!! ME AGAIN!! JUS WAN SAY CONGRATS 2 CARMELO N DA WHOLE ENGAGEMENT THING!!
    BUT U CUDD DO BETTER DEN LA LA!! o well, WAT EVA MAKES U HAPPY BOO! N DAT GAME U PLAYED AGAINST SACREMENTO LAST NITE, DAMN HOMMIE! U WAS BLAZIN’! WHOO!
    WEN U NAMIN’ UR KIDS NAME DA GURL SHAKIRA!! HA HA!!

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV U LOTS MELO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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